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Please don?t forget to include some important groups at The Center for Civil and Human Rights

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

The following text is from a letter I sent to the honorable Shirley Franklin, the mayor of Atlanta, and to The Center for Civil and Human Rights:

I was very excited when I heard about Atlanta building a Civil Rights museum.

As I read more about the plans for the center, I am becoming very concerned about the incomplete mission of this organization.

It is true that Atlanta has had a historic role in the fight for equality, but several groups of people seem to be missing from the plans.

Don?t forget about the Native Americans who are still fighting for their existence on a daily basis. The Indian Removal that took place in Georgia is a disgusting part of state history. That makes it even more important that this museum cover the plight of Native Americans in Georgia. Only through admitting our mistakes in the past, can our state look forward to a future of equality.

The second group that deserves a place in this museum are the Gays and Lesbians who have brought to life the vision of human rights and equality that Atlanta now enjoys. Atlanta has earned a reputation as an oasis of equality through the hard work of the gays and lesbians that call Atlanta home.

The third group that seems to be missing is our immigrants who saw Atlanta as a refuge from strife and persecution. How can we forget the Sudan boys and other groups who came to Atlanta? They could have ended up anywhere in the world, but the reputation of the good and fair people of Atlanta was like shelter from a storm.

The struggle for equality by African-Americans is a very important story to tell, but it is only a chapter in the book of Atlanta history. I am proud of Atlanta for taking on this project, but please don?t forget all of the other groups of people who made this city a great place to live and created a shining example for the rest of the world to follow.

Best regards,

-- Gary Wright II

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